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Local Girl Scouts troops celebrate ‘Night of Stars’

5/25/16

NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Mountain Neighborhood Girl Scouts celebrated a ‘Night of Stars’ on May 14, honoring the hard work and community service of the troops.

The ‘Night of Stars’ reception and awards ceremony highlighted the community service projects completed by the individual scouts and the troops, who are aiming to earn their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, the highest awards in Girl Scouting. Guests at the reception met with the girls and learned about the community service projects they’ve completed this past year. The evening ended with an awards presentation, a pinning ceremony for all active Girl Scouts, and a celebration of the year.

The Desert Mountain Neighborhood serves 445 registered Girl Scouts in over 40 troops. Their territory stretches from Happy Valley Road north to Black Canyon City. The neighborhood operates under the Cactus-Pine Council of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

The Gold Award, similar to the Eagle Award in Boy Scouting, requires a girl to complete requirements and conduct a service project that makes a lasting difference in the local community, region or beyond. Most recipients are in their late teens and their projects take between 1-2 years to complete. Every step must be documented for a presentation and interview at the council level upon completion of the project.  Earning the Gold Award opens doors to college scholarships and even rank advancement in the armed services. The Bronze and Silver Awards prepare younger girl scouts for this process through service closer to home. Girl Scouts in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can earn the Silver Award as a small group after completing requirements and a project with a minimum of 50 hours per girl. Girl Scouts in 4th and 5th grade can earn the Bronze Award after completing requirements and a 20-hour per girl project locally as a troop.      

For more information, visit girlscoutsaz.org.